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Criminal Justice Act



Dated: September 15, 2023

The deadline for submission of new applications to the Eastern District of New York’s CJA Panel has been extended to October 6, 2023.

The Court is committed to diversity and inclusiveness as core tenets of our mission and encourages highly qualified and experienced criminal defense attorneys who reflect the diversity of the community in terms of culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to apply for membership on the CJA Panel. Applications may be submitted for assignment to the Brooklyn or Central Islip panels, or both. The Committee is also seeking applications from practitioners whose experience is uniquely suited to handling petitions for post-conviction relief. Assignments to the Panel will be for a three-year period, beginning January 1, 2024.

All applications must adhere to the following:

  • Sealed filings must not be submitted as writing samples. Sealed filings will not be reviewed by the Committee.
  • The application form and all accompanying documents must be combined and submitted as one flattened PDF file, named as LastName.FirstName.2023CJAApplication.
  • Please proofread the PDF before submission to ensure that all required information is included and legible.

Application forms are available on the Court's website at:

New applications, along with all supporting documents must be submitted in one flattened PDF file, no later than October 6, 2023, by uploading here:

Applications forms for reappointment are available on the Court’s website at:

Applications for reappointment, along with all supporting documents, must be submitted in one flattened PDF file, no later than September 22, 2023, by uploading here:


Please contact Brenna B. Mahoney, Clerk of Court, at, if you experience difficulty uploading an application.


CJA Panel Attorneys - CJA Panel Attorneys will need only one PACER account for filing and viewing in NextGen. 
If you have a separate exempt CJA account now, those exempt privileges will need to be added to your individual upgraded PACER account.

To enter eVoucher, click here ---->NYED CJA eVoucher


United States Circuit Court Judge Peter W. Hall, Chair of the Second Circuit CJA and Pro Bono Committee, announces that the Circuit Court of Appeals and all the District Courts within the Circuit have agreed on a new initiative designed to expedite the processing of CJA vouchers in both the Circuit and District Courts. For any case commencing July 15, 2008 or later, all worksheets submitted for processing to the Circuit or District Courts within the Circuit must be typewritten on the official “pdf.” fillable worksheet forms provided for that purpose by the Courts on their websites. Additionally, CJA Form 26 in the District Courts and CJA Form 27 for Appellate Vouchers in the Court of Appeals will be substituted for the Attorney’s Affidavit in Support of a Voucher Claiming Excess Compensation, the use of which will be discontinued. These forms, along with instruction sheets (CJA Form 26A and 27A), are also available on the Circuit and District Court websites.
Private investigator Joseph P. Dwyer was arrested on October 22, 2014, and charged in the
Southern District of New York with mail fraud and for paying bribes to a New York City Police
Officer to obtain confidential reports from a federal law enforcement database. He is currently
suspended from further practice before this Court.